Following Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur’s online campaign against student organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) after Ramjas College clash, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mysore’s Kodagu constituency Pratap Simha compared Gurmehar with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Simha took to his Twitter account and posted an image of Gurmehar Kaur holding a placard that read, “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him”, along with a photo of Dawood holding a placard that read, “I did not kill people in 1993, bombs killed them.”
The Mysuru MP wrote that even Dawood Ibrahim did not use the crutches of his father’s name to justify his anti-national stand.
— Pratap Simha (@mepratap) February 26, 2017
Gurmehar, after she launched an online campaign against the ABVP, the student wing of the RSS post the Ramjas College clash, said that she received death threats and was threatened with rape too.
Gurmehar later lodged a complaint with the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and alleged that she was harassed on social media.
Responding to threats of violence and rape on social media, Delhi University (DU) student Gurmehar Kaur on Monday said that she was ready to ‘take a bullet for the country’ just as her father had done 17 years ago.
In a series of tweets Gurmehar on Saturday clarified that she supports freedom of speech but not anti-national slogans.
Kaur tweeted: “Am I fighting for people who support anti-nationals? NO! Who are we fighting for? STUDENTS And our right to free speech, safe academic space.”
In a Facebook post she said, “The brutal attack on innocent students by ABVP is very disturbing and should be stopped. It was not an attack on protesters, but an attack on every notion of democracy that is held dear in ever Indian’s heart. It is an attack on ideals, morals, freedom and rights of every person born to this nation. The stones that you pelt hit our bodies, but fail to bruise our ideas.
Gurmehar, a student of Lady Shri Ram college, is the daughter of late Capt Mandeep Singh, who lost his life during the Kargil war.
Earlier in the day, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju wondered who was “polluting” the mind of the Delhi University student campaigning on social media against the ABVP.
(With inputs from IANS)